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RE: Proposal to drop A.3.6.5 Assistance with Preferences from ATAG2

From: Richards, Jan <jrichards@ocad.ca>
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2011 17:41:34 +0000
To: Jeanne Spellman <jeanne@w3.org>
CC: "w3c-wai-au@w3.org" <w3c-wai-au@w3.org>
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Hi Jeanne,

I think the SC will also need to be edited to clarify what we mean by "assistance". Is it enough to provide help documentation on each setting field? Or are we thinking specifically of providing display previews within the settings area? In which case, be more specific and drop the "and/or control settings" part.

Cheers,
Jan


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jeanne Spellman [mailto:jeanne@w3.org]
> Sent: September 29, 2011 11:26 AM
> To: Richards, Jan
> Cc: w3c-wai-au@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Proposal to drop A.3.6.5 Assistance with Preferences from ATAG2
> 
> I would rather see us add an additional example of a settings page with
> preview screen as Jan suggested. Perhaps an additional example of a
> settings page with links to the documentation would also be appropriate
> to show the full range of examples that meet it.
> 
> I don't think we should drop it. Although it does apply to all software,
> it is particularly necessary to help authors with the complexity of
> setting an accessible editing view. Without it, authors may not be able
> to figure out how to set the editing view independently of the content.
> 
> jeanne
> 
> On 9/29/2011 11:08 AM, Richards, Jan wrote:
> > On the call I took an action to better explain why I think we should drop SC
> "A.3.6.5 Assistance with Preferences: If the authoring tool includes display
> and/or control settings, then the authoring tool includes a mechanism to help
> authors configure these settings." (Level AAA)
> >
> > My primary reason is that it is unclear what is required, so it is hard to
> test. Our only example is a wizard, prompting one commenter to ask if that's
> what we are requiring (http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-atag2-
> comments/2011Aug/0000.html). But in my opinion a wizard isn't necessary. For
> instance, a single page of settings with a preview panel would be fine for
> setting display settings.
> >
> > I suppose we could work to refine it, but in my opinion it's not
> sufficiently related to authoring interfaces (i.e. it's a general software
> accessibility issue) to warrant the effort.
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Jan
> >
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